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Tiny panels in paperback edition mar dark tale of struggle against fascism,
This review is from: V for Vendetta (Paperback)
Based on plot and artistry, "V for Vendetta" deserves five stars. Alan Moore's alternate history throws the reader into a chilling fascist England where the champion of liberty is the poetic, deranged vigilante, V.
England has somehow survived the consequences of humanity's self-destructive myopia, but it has not survived intact. Facism rules the day, and England has been generally "purified" of minorities, homosexuals, and other officially-targeted degenerates.
But plenty of officially-sanctioned degenerates abound, and they form both the upper and lower echelons of this new England. That is, until V strikes a blow for chaos, for liberty, and for freedom. V, a scarred survivor of the worst of the internment camps formed by the fascists, is undeniably insane, but he has the spirit of a poet and the mind of a genius hidden behind his Guy Fawkes mask. He singlehandedly leads a campaign of terrorism against the corrupt powers-that-be, and there are several dazzling passages as "V" explores both V's perspective on life and his history as well as the more sordid characters who comprise England's new corrupt power structure.
Many of these scenes are captured by Moore with startling visuals and poetic images. This is a dark-yet-colorful graphic novel -- nothing like Frank Miller's zebra-esque "Sin City" stories. Lurid colors combined with creepy darkness evoke the corruption that is the brave new world.
Unfortunately, this review is of the paperback edition of the story, not the story itself. The paperback edition of "V for Vendetta" is, quite frankly, too darn small. Several panels feel crimped and crammed in, and I felt a lot of eye strain as I tried to explore the details of some of the more intricate panels. This is particulary important for a very "talky" graphic novel, where often much of the panel is given over to dialogue boxes, even further reducing the artist's available space for the artistic elements.
While I would strongly recommend reading "V for Vendetta," particularly in advance of the blockbuster movie, I strongly recommend avoiding the paperback edition and hunting down a larger hardback copy.
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Initial post: Jan 7, 2012 7:08:16 PM PST
But is the hardback just as small? I totally agree that it's published too small, which is an anguishing waste of the art and words and greatness of the book, and I went to hunt a larger hardback. But what I find doesn't look to be any bigger -- specs say 10.3 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches for the hardback compared to 10.2 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches for the paperback. Damn it. So I'm reading the paperback with a magnifying glass. (And I'm glad I saw the movie first so I can hear Hugo Weaving's voice as I read -- perfect :-)
Posted on Mar 5, 2012 8:13:22 AM PST
I´m nearsighted and I didn't find any difficult in reading this edition...
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